Turkey has stabilised its tourism industry consistently
(PRWeb UK) August 6, 2010
In an interview with Turkish daily newspaper Zaman, Turkish Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay said that the Gaza flotilla crisis in May has increased tourist revenues within the country, with many Middle Eastern tourists purchasing Turkey holidays in June. "Turkey has stabilised its tourism industry consistently,” he told the newspaper. “The industry's 10% growth [this year], which is higher than the world average, steadily continues."
Gunay points to a rapid conversion from Israeli tourists cancelling their holidays to Turkey due to the disintegration in relations between the two countries, to Middle Eastern tourists booking holidays in approval of seeing Turkey’s changing stance towards Israel. Meanwhile, Turkey has seen a 24 per cent increase in visitor traffic to the country for the first six months of the year, compared to the same period last year.
“Regional tourism is incredibly important to the Turkish tourism industry, and this announcement just goes to show the delicate balance that not only the industry finds itself in, but Turkey too,” says Ian Raine of holiday experts ulookubook.com. “Regional consumers are still buying cheap holidays in Turkey, there’s just been an abrupt social-political realignment as to just who those customers are.”
The chairmen of the Federation of Turkish Hoteliers Seçim Aydin supports Gunay’s statement, claiming that for every Israeli to cancel after the flotilla raid, hotels saw “double the number of reservations” from neighbouring Middle Eastern countries. "People choose to come to Turkey because of the hospitality, cultural values and various resort choices, offered at a reasonable price. The decrease in the number of Israeli visitors led to an increase in the number of visitors from neighbouring countries," he said.
According to Aydin, Israeli tourists typically opt for all inclusive holidays to Turkey, sticking closely to their resorts and not spending their money within the local economy. Conversely, Aydin notes that Middle Eastern tourists are more likely to travel across Turkey and make use of local amenities and services.
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